13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Ginny unsure when she goes to an ATM machine to get some cash?

2. What is Ginny supposed to do with a Roman boy?

3. What does Keith offer to do?

4. How does Keith characterize his younger years?

5. Who is Ortensia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

2. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

3. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

4. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

5. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

6. What is contained in the second envelope?

7. What is the first thing Ginny sees in Edinburgh and what does Keith say about her going alone? Where does the person she is going to see live?

8. How does Ginny meet Keith and what does he tell her?

9. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

10. Where do Keith and Ginny go after having a drink?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in the book to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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